Book Review: The Magician King

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Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Ryan Bonneville says:

    That last paragraph seems somewhat important. I think Grossman short-changed Poppy’s character a lot with the ending of the book.Report

  2. Avatar Ryan Bonneville says:

    I don’t want to fill this all up, but I’m also not sure if others will jump in.

    As I’ve mentioned before, I found the old gods plot incredibly clunky. They’re there, but they’re not really all that menacing because we don’t really see them do anything in particular. Then there’s the key MacGuffins, and then everything is fine. It’s a very weird way to handle a plot element, even if it gives him the excuse to do some great drawing of characters on top of that canvas.

    Of course, I also don’t really believe they’re gone, per se, and Asmodeus is a giant screaming loose end, so maybe these complaints won’t really matter after the third book. Still, I feel like this book didn’t do what I needed it to do.Report

    • Avatar E.D. Kain says:

      I wonder if the keys were more of a statement about magic quests than a plot element – more of a critique of this sort of plot element than anything else, and this is why we spend so much more time drawing out the characters. The old gods, I suspect, are not gone.

      And yes, the old old gods were a bit clunky here. The folkloric gods, however, were done with quite a bit more skill.Report

  3. Avatar North says:

    If you people keep posting intriging commentaries on these books I may have to go ahead and read them.Report

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